3 killed, several injured in 8 vehicle crash involving semi on I-24 in Massac County

Published: Jul. 1, 2019 at 9:01 AM CDT
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MASSAC COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - Three people were killed and several injured in a crash Sunday, June 30 in Massac County, Illinois.

The westbound lanes of the I-24 Ohio River bridge connecting Illinois and Kentucky closed after eight vehicle crash near Metropolis at mile post 37.

It happened around 12:40 p.m. A total of 13 people were involved in the crash, three were children.

Illinois State Police reports six people were taken to area hospitals and four others reported no injuries.

According to state police, the vehicles involved were a 2007 Volvo truck tractor, 2014 Toyota Sedan, 2010 Honda Civic, 2005 Hummer, 2014 KIA Sorento, 2012 KIA Sorento, 2012 Ford Pickup and a 2017 Freightliner Truck Tractor.

There were eight drivers in the incident:

  • Rickey, Warren, 57, Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • Female, 56, Vandalia, Illinois
  • Kurt Grubaugh, 38, Cadiz, Kentucky
  • Chase Taylor, 36, Granite City, Illinois
  • Matthew Beebe, 24, Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Male, 71, Bellevue, Nebraska
  • Feguens Florestal, 29, Seaford, Deleware
  • Richard Reifsnider, 58, Medina, Tennessee

Passengers included a 75-year-old female of Bellevue, Neb., Nichole Taylor, 34 of Granite City, Ill., two children who were in the vehicle with Taylor and one child in the vehicle with Grubaugh.

Seven of the vehicles were stopped in traffic on I-24 westbound near mile marker 37.

A preliminary investigation shows a semi failed to reduce speed and hit the line of vehicles resulting in a chain reaction crash.

State police said the 2007 Volvo Truck Tractor/Semi-Trailer driven by Warren failed to reduce speed and struck the line of vehicles resulting in a chain reaction crash.

Identification of the three fatalities are pending family notifications by the Massac County Coroner.

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